The recorded rhetoric could’ve been far worse, though there was one obvious takeaway from the incident: the leaders of some of the United States’ closest allies clearly don’t have much respect for the current American president.
And as the Washington Post reported, that simple fact has become the basis for a striking new campaign ad.
Former vice president Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, released a new campaign ad late Wednesday highlighting the NATO video in a blistering critique of Trump’s ability to lead on the global stage. Biden’s campaign also mocked Trump’s repeated insistence that the U.S. requires a president who isn’t a “laughing stock,” ending the ad with a graphic that read, “We need a leader the world respects.” By early Thursday, the roughly minute-long video had been watched more than 4 million times.
“The world is laughing at President Trump,” Biden tweeted. “They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.”